Bolton travel guide

Bolton Tourism | Bolton Guide

You're Going to Love Bolton

With a population of 141,331, Bolton is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Bolton has to offer.

Where to Eat in Bolton

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Cherry Tree (Chorley Road Blackrod) and Cross Guns (390 Blackburn Road) are great picks.

When to visit Bolton

Bolton in March
Estimated hotel price
£49
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bolton in March
Estimated hotel price
£49
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Bolton

Plane

Although Bolton doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Manchester Airport (UK) (MAN), which is located 27 km from Bolton. The shortest domestic flight to Bolton departs from Belfast and takes around 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Bolton, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Bolton to Liverpool takes 0h 52m and costs around £25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about £21 for a 1h 28m trip. Located 3.1 km from the city centre, Bolton Moses Gate is the busiest station in Bolton. Another popular train station is Bolton Bromley Cross, located 4 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bolton is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 279 km from Bolton. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bolton, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Bolton takes 72 km and will cost you around £6. From Leeds, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 113 km. Bolton’s bus station is located 0.5 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Bolton doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Manchester Airport (UK) (MAN), which is located 27 km from Bolton. The shortest domestic flight to Bolton departs from Belfast and takes around 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Bolton, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Bolton to Liverpool takes 0h 52m and costs around £25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about £21 for a 1h 28m trip. Located 3.1 km from the city centre, Bolton Moses Gate is the busiest station in Bolton. Another popular train station is Bolton Bromley Cross, located 4 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bolton is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 279 km from Bolton. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bolton, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Bolton takes 72 km and will cost you around £6. From Leeds, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 113 km. Bolton’s bus station is located 0.5 km from the city centre.

Airports near Bolton

Airlines serving Bolton

Lufthansa
Good (4,427 reviews)
KLM
Good (806 reviews)
SWISS
Good (910 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,190 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,599 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,237 reviews)
Air France
Good (961 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,519 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (474 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,828 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,099 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,458 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,336 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
Finnair
Good (896 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,098 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (869 reviews)
LOT
Good (671 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (804 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Bolton

Most booked hotels in Bolton

Holiday Inn Express Leigh - Sports Village
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£72+
Red Hall Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£81+
Ramada by Wyndham Chorley South
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£36+
Bolton Stadium Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£78+
Holiday Inn Bolton Centre
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£66+
Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£93+

Hiring a car in Bolton

Hiring a car in Bolton costs £28 per day, on average, or £85 if you want to hire it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 2% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay £1.43 per litre in Bolton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.07 and £22.76. Mini (Volkswagen up! or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Bolton, while also 79% cheaper than other types, on average.

Hiring a car in Bolton costs £28 per day, on average, or £85 if you want to hire it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 2% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay £1.43 per litre in Bolton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.07 and £22.76. Mini (Volkswagen up! or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Bolton, while also 79% cheaper than other types, on average.